Excerpt: After being released in Japan seven months ago, Platinum Games’ outlandish brawler is finally with us and at a purse pleasing price to boot. We’d like to think that the cheap price tag is because Sega understand that most people are feeling the pinch during January, but we very much doubt that thrifty gamers come into the equation when publishers are planning their big budget releases.
Excerpt: I keep changing my mind on Anarchy Reigns . It’s one of those misleading games that isn’t what it looks like at first. When I picked it up, I was thinking it was a modern take on old-fashioned arcade beat-‘em-ups, along with a large amount of that idiosyncratic character design you get from Platinum Games. The more I play it, though, the less I think of it as a beat-‘em-up.
Excerpt: There’s something supremely satisfying about slamming a helicopter into someone as they flee for their life. Anarchy Reigns is a brawler that refuses to hide the fact that it’s a video game. Enemies get hewn in half by double-chainsaws, perforated by bionic revolver-knees and pile driven by transforming robots and it all feels so good.
Conclusion: Anarchy Reigns is a respectable attempt at reviving the beat ‘em up genre, and at a bargain price of $30, it’s definitely worth a pickup for even the casual fan. The visuals and style presented instantly connect the player with this new IP, but it falls short in the combat’s execution and ends up feeling like a “woulda, shoulda, coulda” scenario. Platinum Games has developed a fine blueprint.
Anarchy Reigns is the digital version of a big box of mismatched toys (review)
15 January 2013
Excerpt: Crash! Pow! Ahhhh! Oh, sorry. I was just playing with action figures. What’s that? You don’t know how to play with action figures? It’s simple, really. You just take this dude in the leather jacket with a chain saw for an arm and smash him into that cyborg guy with the swords coming out of his elbows until one of them breaks. Watch out, here comes a giant robot to kill everyone! No! Wait, this isn’t an action figure.
Pros: The gameplay is a little difficult to pin down. To put it simply, it’s a beat-em-up crossed with a fighter crossed with a shooter crossed with whatever you call Dynasty Warriors. In the campaign, you drop into a level with little to do but punch hundreds of dudes until you earn enough points to unlock the next mission, most of which involve punching hundreds of dudes. Periodically, you face a boss battle that acts more like a fighting game, in which you take on an ene...
Anarchy Reigns Review: Platinum Delivers Another Insane and Satisfying Beat ‘em Up
14 January 2013
Excerpt: First impressions are important, but they can also be deceiving. I’m not going to lie — I was a little worried when the first thing that popped up when I loaded up Anarchy Reigns was a screen with a wall of text feeding me the game’s plot. I was also a bit worried to think that online multiplayer was the main draw in Platinum Games’ latest romp because I figured all I’d get as far as the game’s single-player component was concerned would be a training mode-esque...
Excerpt: I’m all for over-the-top insanity in my action games. I can appreciate ridiculous amounts of flashy, highly stylized combat mixed with a dash of twisted craziness. If I take on a giant squid and a whole lot of nasty crap happens, I’m gonna giggle.
Excerpt: Coming out swinging with a budget pricetag and a wild cast of characters, Anarchy Reigns is a forceful beat’em up where distinctively-styled badasses turn their eyes toward brutal online competition. Does this Platinum Games project find the secret formula for a genre that used to dominate the 2D era, or are the good ideas lost in the chaos? Beginning with an altercation in a bar, the game’s offline action begins with a choice between one of two characters, Jack or Leo.